It would be most understandable if in between protests, the pandemic, and trying to adjust to never leaving home, that instead of tapping into the upward movement of Black women at the helm in the arts, we simply missed the news. If that is indeed the case, then it is a great excuse for us to revisit and share that three talented Black women have taken on leadership positions in the arts, Janice Bond (Contemporary Arts Museum Houston), Leslie K. Johnson (Skirball Cultural Center LA), Sandra Jackson-Dumont (Lucas Museum of Narrative Art LA).
I especially want to highlight one of Seattle’s most beloved former arts leaders, Sandra Jackson-Dumont, now Lucas Museum CEO. Sandra departed Seattle Art Museum to become the director of education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and even though she is now twice removed from Seattle, whenever equity and innovation in the arts is a topic among Seattle-based arts leaders, her name always comes up. And it’s no wonder. Jackson-Dumont walks tall in her word. Last summer, she announced a diverse slate of appointments to key positions at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2023.
“As we strive to become a vital source of education, inspiration, and dialogue for our close neighbors around Exposition Park, all the communities of Los Angeles, and people around the world, we could not be more thrilled with the team we have been able to recruit.” — Lucas Museum CEO Sandra Jackson-Dumont